The Mariners have placed reliever Sam Tuivailala on release waivers, per a club announcement. That leaves the team with two 40-man roster openings.
Tuivailala was looking to turn in a full season after working back from a torn Achilles for a partial 2019 campaign. He hadn’t yet appeared in a spring contest when activities were halted.
Over the offseason, the M’s agreed to a $800K arbitration deal with Tuivailala. He’ll still be entitled to 45 days of termination pay, at least in theory. Just how that will be handled given the delay and near-certain shortening of the 2020 season remains to be seen.
We may surmise that some kind of health or other issue underlies this surprising move. Tuivailala had been limited by shoulder problems, but there was no indication his tenure with the Seattle organization was at risk.
Tuivailala, 27, has mostly been quite effective in his MLB career. Through 127 innings, he carries a 3.33 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9. He turned in a strong effort upon…